Skylight’s New CEO!

We are delighted to welcome David Allen as our new Chief Executive Officer!  David will be managing operations, freeing up the creative team, led by Skylight’s Creative Director Martine Bradford, to focus on bringing more shows and workshops to people throughout Rochdale, Greater Manchester and the North West.

Jim Riley, Chair of the Board and founder of Skylight, said “David has a wide variety of marketing, development and operations experience gained while working in the music and entertainment industries for many years. More recently he’s gained some grassroots arts experience, working as a freelance consultant on several projects in Rochdale.”

“Skylight has done brilliant work over the past 30 years and the team is massively respected by arts organisations not just in Rochdale but around the UK and beyond. Skylight was founded on the principles of bringing the joy, physical and emotional benefits of circus to anyone and everyone, regardless of age, background and ability. These principles are just as important now, perhaps more so given the challenges we all currently face. My job is to help make sure we can offer that to as many people as possible,” said David.

Skylight’s usual programme is currently adapted due to government guidelines but they continue to run online sessions and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch via

“A big warm Skylight welcome to David!” Martine Bradford 

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If you would like any more information about Skylight’s work please call or email our Creative Director Martine on 01706 650676 /